December 04, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter New Manufacturing Apprenticeships in Northwestern Pennsylvania Economy, Education, PAsmart, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Building on his commitment to expand job training, Governor Tom Wolf today announced two new apprenticeships for tool and die makers and plastic process technicians in Northwestern Pennsylvania. In partnership with the private sector, the apprenticeships will prepare workers for new jobs in the plastics and petrochemical industries in the region.“Every Pennsylvanian deserves a chance to build a rewarding career and earn a good wage,” said Governor Wolf. “These apprenticeships give students and workers hands-on experience for growing careers while earning a paycheck. It also strengthens the pipeline of talented workers that businesses need.”Apprenticeships are part of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative to invest in apprenticeships, job training and science and technology education.In Erie, a tool and die makers apprenticeship with Executool Precision Tooling was approved by the Department of Labor and Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO). The Erie Institute will provide the related technical instruction.“With our state-registered Apprenticeship Program, we are investing in our workers’ future,” said Alicia Mayes, Human Resources Manager for Executool Precision Tooling. “We welcome all interested applicants to come see us at Executool today to explore apprenticeship opportunities.”In Oil City, a plastic process technician apprenticeship with Keystone Community Education Council was recently registered with the department. Twelve regional plastics manufactures collaborated on the program. With nearly 200 plastic businesses in Northwest Pennsylvania there is a need for up to 400 new plastic process technicians.“The local plastics industry has been asking for a program like this for years,” said Lance Hummer, Executive Director of the Keystone Community Education Council. “This combination of hands-on experience and classroom learning is tailored to the exact needs of our region’s injection molders.”“Pennsylvania is becoming a major player in the petrochemical industry. Between Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, we are now the second largest producer of natural gas in the world. Plastics is a major component of the petrochemical industry and there is an incredible opportunity for growth over the next decade,” added Hummer.The Wolf administration created the ATO in 2016. The office has registered 119 new sponsors and 166 new apprenticeship programs or occupations. Pennsylvania now has 16,286 registered apprentices statewide.“The ATO is creating more apprenticeship opportunities in Pennsylvania, and with new PAsmart investments providing an additional $7 million to develop and expand registered apprenticeship programs, we are working to double the number of registered apprentices in the state by 2025,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “If you are looking for a job, are thinking about a career change, or are a business that can’t seem to find enough skilled workers, I urge you to consider apprenticeships.”For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office.
A lack of honest feedback from consultants to trustees on governance could be harming pension scheme member outcomes, according to Chris Hogg, chief executive of the Royal Mail Pensions Trustees.Speaking at a conference of the UK pensions trade body in Edinburgh last week, Hogg said that effective governance can generate incremental returns – much-needed in the prevailing low return environment – but in a survey carried out by the Royal Mail scheme, well over 50% of consultant and professional trustees ranked a scheme’s governance capabilities as “acceptably equipped” or below.“So there’s clearly some work to be done,” said Hogg.The survey also showed that although professional trustees and consultants tend to think that giving honest feedback is important to highly important, this feedback is uncommon. He concluded that “member benefits are at stake so we need to try to find a way” to address the issue.Paul Richards, director of strategy at consultancy firm Redington, shared the stage with Hogg and said “cold hard economics” was one of the factors behind consultants’ reluctance to provide frank feedback to clients.In a survey of consultants, 67% said the risk to the client relationship could stop them giving “critical/developmental” feedback, while 69% worried giving this type of feedback would negatively impact their ability to work effectively with the client.However, according to Redington, 86% of those surveyed said establishing that critical feedback would not affect the relationship between trustees and consultants would increase chances of doing this effectively.Richards said frameworks were needed to “build feedback into the system” and help overcome some of the concerns that were holding back consultants from giving more critical feedback.During the panel he presented an approach called “radical candour” that consultants could adopt. He said it was important that consultants introduce their chosen framework “intelligently” and that they seek permission to do so.The trustees, meanwhile, should find someone they consider a “critical friend” or a trusted adviser and also find and introduce a framework for feedback with which they feel comfortable. Research conducted on trustees and consultants found that 95% agreed that “honest dialogue” was essential for identifying and rectifying areas of weakness in scheme governance. However, nearly one in five respondents had seen no instances of consultants delivering developmental feedback, while nearly six in 10 (58%) had observed this on between just 1% and 20% of schemes they worked on.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Hogg said the survey results “quite powerful” – if not necessarily surprising.The lack of feedback represented “wasted value” and suggested that “there’s a lever that perhaps isn’t being pulled in a way that could be,” he said.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
Share 34 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Plain cigarette (Photo: thecommentator.com)PARIS, France (AFP) – Ministers from 10 countries gathered in Paris Monday to launch a common drive to introduce plain cigarette packaging with the aim of stubbing out high smoking rates among young people.Representatives from nations as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Uruguay issued a joint statement saying that “significant scientific proof justified … plain cigarette packaging”.The ministers said plain packaging had been shown to “reduce the attractiveness of the product for consumers, especially amongst women and young people” as well as increase the effectiveness of health warnings on packets.Hosting the conference, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said the aim was “a world without tobacco” and that “the generation that is born today should be a generation without tobacco”.She told French radio that smoking killed 78,000 people each year in France and that eight million smokers worldwide would die each year by 2030 if nothing were done.According to the World Health Organization, one person currently dies every six seconds due to tobacco — nearly six million people each year.“My target, with plain packaging, is not long-term smokers but preventing young people from starting to smoke and for these people the plain packaging has an impact,” said the minister.Several countries have recently passed legislation to introduce plain cigarette packaging — laws that have met with fierce opposition from the powerful tobacco lobby.Australia was the first to introduce plain packaging legislation in 2012 with Ireland, France and Britain following shortly afterwards.In Australia, some studies have shown that the rate of young smokers has dropped following the introduction of plain packaging. The tobacco industry counters that high tobacco excise duty is the reason for the decline. Britain and France are poised to introduce plain packaging from next year.France has one of the highest rates of under-16 smokers in Europe and, in addition to the plain packaging measures, Touraine also announced last year that smoking would be banned in playgrounds and in cars with passengers under 12.Tobacconists in France staged protests in several regions against the measures. Tweet Share BusinessHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Global conference pushes plain cigarette packaging by: Associated Free Press – July 20, 2015
In ordering a 90-day ban in October, Mayor Jerry Treñas said ASFreaching this city is possible. Iloilo City is a major entry/exit point ofinter-regional conveyance through the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan,Iloilo and Iloilo International Port in Barangay Loboc, Lapuz district. The city government ordered a three-month temporary ban on livepigs, hog carcasses, pork, pork products, and by-products from ASF-affectedareas in October. In proposing the permanent ban, Forteza pointed out that cityremains sufficient in pork produced locally or sourced from Mindanao and Cebu. In fact, he said, Iloilo City remains ASF-free. There is no known vaccine against ASF but it does not pose a health riskto humans. The Food and Drug Administration should investigate this, hestressed. The task force has over 40 personnel.Forteza also said its operation is estimated to cost P1 million every quarter. Iloilo City, according to Treñas, is No. 3 in terms of frequency of shipcalls annually (11,853), No. 4 in cargo (491,719 metric tons) and No. 4 inpassenger traffic (2.4 million). ILOILO City – To protect this city from the African swine fever(ASF), the City Veterinary Office is recommending a permanent or an extensionof the 90-day ban on pork and pork products from Luzon and ASF-affectedcountries. ASF causes high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhages, and death amongdomestic and wild pigs, thus it is a threat primarily to the hog industry, thento industries that deal with pork. It also threatens food security. “We looked if worth bala angP1 million…and we feel that it is very important,” said Forteza. “We will recommend to the Sangguniang Panlungsod to make permanentthe ban, or extend it. This needs an ordinance,” said Dr. Tomas Forteza, city veterinarian. But he did not discount the possibility that some pork and porkproducts from Mindanao and Cebu may actually be from Luzon. Forteza said the city government also formed inOctober a task force on ASF to, among others, inspect markets and secure thecity’s entry points from the possible entry of pork from ASF-hit areas. “There is an urgent need to adopt preventive measures to protect the hogindustry of Region 6,” stressed Treñas./PN
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterteaccepted the apology of broadcast giant ABS-CBN for not airing his paidcampaign advertisements during the 2016 national election. The measure would then give a two-yearextension of the TV station’s franchise. A joint resolution is treated like abill, which must be approved by both the House and the Senate before it can besigned by President Rodrigo Duterte./PN Over at the House, Cebu Cityrepresentative Raul del Mar has filed a joint resolution extending ABS-CBN’sfranchise until June 30, 2022. “I will cross the bridge when I getthere,” the President later said when quizzed by the media. “But I will notinterfere with the Congress. The critical move of the measure is with the Houseof Representatives.” “Angbatas, sinasabi ‘pag wala kangprangkisa ‘di ka pwede magpatuloy ng broadcast. If a provisional authorityis issued, ‘yan po ang authority na pwedeng gamitin,” Drilon said in aninterview by DZMM. The President also said during theinterview that he does not have a hand on the quo warranto petition filed bySolicitor General Jose Calida against the network before the Supreme Court. President Rodrigo Duterte says he accepts the apology of the country’s leading broadcast company, ABS-CBN, two days after its officials testified before a Senate panel on issues surrounding the network’s franchise renewal. PCOO However, the Chief Executive was notcommittal when asked by reporters following his speech at the Malacañang Palaceif he will sign a measure extending the franchise of the network. Drilon said the proposed measure willbe submitted to the Senate Committee on Rules, but he admitted that a concurrentresolution does not have the “force and effect of law,” unlike a jointresolution. On Wednesday, Senate Minority LeaderFranklin Drilon filed a concurrent resolution urging the National TelecommunicationsCommission (NTC) to grant ABS-CBN Corp a provisional authority to continue itsbroadcast operations until June, 2022. The provisional authority should rununtil June 30, 2022 or at least until Congress approves or junks ABS-CBN’sfranchise bill, according to Drilon. “Since there are only 11 session daysleft before the next adjournment of Congress on March 14, 2020, both the Houseof Representatives and Senate need additional time to review, assess anddetermine whether or not ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation shall be granted therenewal of its franchise,” the joint resolution read. The current ABS-CBN franchise is setto expire on May 4, 2020, and not March 30, according to Department of JusticeSecretary Menardo Guevarra saying that Republic Act 7966, which granted it,only became effective 15 days after its publication on April 19, 1995. “Angproblema nitong sa SolGen, once he makes an official statement that thereis violation of law then I cannot just tell him to stop,” President Dutertesaid. “But Calida does not report to me.” The Ilonggo lawmaker has earlier fileda joint resolution seeking to extend ABS-CBN’s franchise until the end of 2022as the House of Representatives have yet to start tackling measures granting afresh 25-year franchise to the network. “I accept the apology, of course,”President Duterte in response to the network’s apology that was read by ABS-CBNPresident Carlo Katigbak during the Senate hearing on Monday.
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RelatedPosts Google, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development partner to support youth Airtel partners Ministry to subsidise internet access cost for select education sites Nigerian lifters to feature in sixth International Solidarity Championship in Uzbekistan The North West Zone of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development says it is shocked by the demise of two members representing it on the national Handball and Weightlifting Federation Boards. Alhaji Abdullahi Idris, its Zonal Coordinator, who made the disclosure on Sunday in Kaduna, said the two members were Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar on the Nigeria Handball Federation Board and Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed on the Nigeria WeightLifting Federation Board. Idris said in a statement: “The North-West Zonal Sports Office wishes to express its heart-felt condolences to the entire sporting communities over the demise of our two Zonal Representatives on Handball and Weightlifting Federation boards. “The shocking and sad events took place on the April 17 and April 18 respectively. “These condolences also extend to their immediate families, friends, the governments and people of Kaduna and Jigawa States.” Idris said their individual contributions to the development of sports in the zone would be fondly missed and would always be remembered. He said: “May Allah grant them eternal rest and we, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss Amen.”Tags: HandballMinistry of Youth and Sports DevelopmentNigeria Weightlifting FederationNigerian Handball FederationWeightlifting
The unpunished, rash-looking tackle from on-loan Barcelona midfielder Song came in the build-up to the Hammers’ first goal. Stoke’s previous two home games had seen their striker Peter Crouch sent off and – in the Swansea match – captain Ryan Shawcross have a penalty awarded against him for grappling at a corner. And Coates was quoted as saying on November 4: ”We feel we don’t always get fair treatment and that is all we are asking for. ”There does seem to be a bias towards other teams. You always feel that because we have a good crowd that gets behind the team, referees seem to think, ‘I will show them who’s in charge here’. Perhaps it’s a macho thing. ”You do get a bit fed up getting fouls against us and decisions having an effect on games, such as a two-footed challenge that doesn’t even get a booking or a foul. I do feel that we get treated more harshly than the opposition.” The FA’s statement on Thursday said Coates has been charged “for misconduct in relation to media comments”, and added: ”It is alleged the Stoke City chairman made comments which constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of referees and/or bring the game into disrepute. ”He has until 6pm on 24 November 2014 to respond to the charge.” Hughes also revealed he held “really positive” meetings this week with Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body that provides referees for top-level games, and the FA’s disciplinary committee. The manager, who emphasised the issue of Coates’ comments had not been discussed, said he had voiced concerns about decisions made against Stoke and come out more “reassured” about the “perception” of the club. “It has given me an insight into how we are viewed and maybe reassured us somewhat to a point,” Hughes said. “We voiced a few concerns and they came back and had a view as well. It is important it is kept confidential, but hopefully maybe the perception that we have won’t be there in the future. “We’re not looking for love (from referees) but we did feel a number of decisions had gone against us and just wanted a better understanding of why that is happening.” Hughes says midfielder Glenn Whelan, who has been out since mid-October due to a broken leg, ”should be an option” for Saturday. “Usually it takes six to eight weeks to heal (broken bones),” Hughes said. “But it’s just over five weeks since the injury and he has done remarkably well to get back to where he is.” The FA asked Monk to explain himself, but he escaped further punishment. Giving his thoughts on the Coates situation on Friday at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s home Barclays Premier League clash with Burnley, Stoke boss Hughes said: “There seems to be more sensitivity to a word like ‘bias’ rather than to the word ‘cheat’. “It is what the FA deems acceptable or not, but it is a little bit difficult to understand where they are coming from sometimes. “My interpretation of what the chairman said was that he wasn’t in any way questioning the integrity of referees. “We are a little bit surprised by it – we didn’t think what the chairman said warranted an FA charge. “The chairman will always speak on a regular basis to give his views on his club and how we are doing, and rightly so. “They are honest views, and we are taken aback somewhat.” Coates’ “bias” comments had come just a few days after Hughes had angrily complained about a challenge by Alex Song on Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf not resulting in play being stopped during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium. Press Association The FA handed Coates a misconduct charge on Thursday after he was quoted by The Sentinel earlier this month as saying ”there does seem to be a bias towards other teams” regarding referees’ decisions in recent Potters matches. In October, Monk’s reaction to referee Michael Oliver awarding a penalty against Swansea at Stoke, when Victor Moses went down, was to brand the player a diver, the decision to give the spot-kick ”disgusting” and say: ”He (Moses) has cheated the ref and then the ref’s cheated us.” Mark Hughes is baffled that the Football Association has charged Stoke chairman Peter Coates over his use of the term “bias”, having opted not to punish Swansea manager Garry Monk for his “cheat” comments.
Meagan Goodine (left) and Alyssa Chesney battle for the ball in Monday night’s scoreless tie between Bucksport and George Stevens Academy.PHOTO BY RICK MCHALECARIBOU — The Mount Desert Island girls’ soccer team was upset by Caribou on Saturday.The Class B fifth-ranked Vikings beat the No. 4 Trojans 2-1, snapping MDI’s three-game winning streak.Ellie Bridges opened the scoring for MDI (7-3) off an Ally Bender assist three minutes and 34 seconds into the game. Maddie Doucette answered with a goal for Caribou (6-4) with 26:03 left in the half.Doucette capped the scoring off an Amber Moir assist to make it 2-1 with 7:05 left in the first half.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJaelynn Doody made six saves on 14 shots for Caribou and Keely McConomy made four saves on 13 shots for MDI.GSA 0, Bucksport 0George Stevens Academy (5-1-3) and Bucksport (2-4-4) tied Monday at Bucksport.WA 2, Sumner 0Molly Sheehan and Sophie Squire each scored a goal for the Washington Academy Raiders (3-4-2) in their Monday night win over Sumner (3-4-3) at East Sullivan.Kala Young made five saves on 16 shots for Sumner.Bangor Christian 5, DI-S 3Ava Lowry netted two goals, and Abby Eaton chipped in one for the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners (0-9) in their loss to Bangor Christian (2-6) on Saturday at home.Sadie Rice made 13 saves for the Mariners.Central 4, Sumner 1The Central Red Devils (6-4) scored the first four goals and never looked back as they defeated Sumner on Saturday at East Corinth.For Sumner, Taylor Merchant converted a penalty kick for the Tigers’ only goal, and Kala Young made 10 saves on 18 shots.Bucksport 3, WA 0Eliza Hosford scored two goals and Hannah Farnworth added one to propel Bucksport to victory over Washington Academy on Friday at home.Old Town 2, Ellsworth 2Ellsworth (1-7-1) and Old Town (2-6-1) remained tied after two overtime periods on Thursday at Ellsworth.For Ellsworth, Arie Peterson scored off an assist from Kira Kennedy. Leah Stevens also chipped in a goal, and Callie Hammer finished with 19 saves.Narraguagus 4, DI-S 1Kymberli Dow scored one minute and 32 seconds for the Narraguagus Knights (3-4-0) en route to their Thursday night win over DI-S at Harrington.Ashley Haskell scored the only goal for DI-S, and Sadie Rice had 12 saves for the Mariners.MDI 4, Presque Isle 2Opal Curless registered a hat trick to help propel MDI past Presque Isle (6-3-1) on Thursday at Bar Harbor.Paige Mason scored the first goal of the game for MDI off an Adriana Novella assist.Presque Isle scored the equalizer with 25:12 left in the first half. Five minutes later, Novella got her second assist of the game when she crossed the ball from the left side and found Curless ready for her first goal.MDI’s Keely McConomy and Ally Bender combined for five saves on 13 shots.
Update on the latest sports In other related developments:— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says an urgent need for action remains following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests around the country that have followed. In a statement Saturday, Goodell said, “As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league.” Goodell added that the protesters’ reactions “reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.”— Thabo Sefolosha (TAH’-boh sehf-ah-LOH’-shuh) says watching video of George Floyd’s death awakened painful memories of what happened to him five years ago in New York City. The NBA veteran suffered a broken leg and other injuries while being arrested outside a Manhattan nightclub. He later settled a case alleging his civil rights were violated. Sefolosha tells The Associated Press that his leg has healed, but the emotional wounds have not. He says his treatment by police left lasting feelings of anger, frustration and a distrust of law enforcement.— Jadon Sancho joined protests across German soccer at the weekend by lifting his jersey after scoring to reveal a T-shirt with the handwritten message “Justice for George Floyd” on the front. Sancho was shown a yellow card for his gesture which came after he scored the second goal for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday. Earlier, Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s win over Union Berlin. And on Saturday, Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband with the handwritten message “Justice for George” around his left arm.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Future of stadiums, arenas promise high tech, low capacityUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is slowly releasing its grip on the sports world. Fans already are thinking about returning to stadiums and arenas. But what awaits them could be unlike anything they have ever seen.Empty rows and sections could be the norm for a while. Temperature screenings and medical checks could be mandatory to get in.Many teams and leagues are exploring new technology that could help with crowd control and promote social distancing. Fans could have their every move scrutinized by cameras and lasers. By having virtual tickets scanned on their smart phones, fans could be acknowledging the health risk of attending a game while surrendering some of their personal privacy.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: The facility’s most valuable trophies and artifacts were moved to a secure facility in case additional trouble breaks out amid nationwide unrest over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd. The handcuffed black man died Monday after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes.Kimberly Beaudin, the hall’s chief executive director, said Sunday that the extensive glass facade of the nearly 95,000-square-foot building was shattered Friday night. She said rioters also broke into the street-level gift shop, stole merchandise and left it “pretty trashed.” But, other than some broken glass that fell into a large exhibition area shaped like a football field, the interior of the hall wasn’t breached by the protesters.Previously located in South Bend, Indiana, the Hall of Fame opened a new $68.5 million facility in Atlanta in 2014, taking a prime spot adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and right across the street from Centennial Olympic Park.It is part of a hub of downtown tourist attractions that also includes the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and a giant Ferris wheel.That area became the epicenter of Atlanta’s protests over Floyd’s death. Thousands of people jammed the streets, clashing with police and damaging businesses. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEATH-SPORTSCollege Football Hall of Fame damaged in Atlanta protestsUNDATED (AP) — The College Football Hall of Fame is boarded up and assessing damage from a destructive night of protests in downtown Atlanta. May 31, 2020 — The NHL has a coronavirus testing plan for players and staff if it returns to play. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says players would be tested for COVID-19 daily while games are going on. That could require 25,000-30,000 tests at a cost of millions of dollars. Players insisted on regular testing in the name of keeping themselves safe and healthy. The league does not expect that amount of tests to interfere with the needs of the general public. — NASCAR holds its fifth Cup Series race in 14 days Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. The field was set by a random draw and Brad Keselowski has the pole. He will start first for the second time in five races. NASCAR is trying to make up eight points races postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.— Gilbert Burns dominated former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to win a unanimous decision on Saturday night in the mixed martial arts promotion’s return to Las Vegas. The event was held without fans at the UFC Apex, a small gym with broadcast facilities on the promotion’s corporate campus. The UFC used minimal personnel to stage the fight, and the promotion said everyone involved was subject to strict health and safety protocols.— United States Tennis Association officials continue to work on plans to hold the U.S. Open as scheduled. Among the possibilities are charter flights to ferry players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. There could be negative COVID-19 tests before traveling, centralized housing and daily temperature checks. USTA chief executive for professional tennis Stacey Allaster tells The Associated Press that all plans remain fluid, and no decisions have been made. Allaster added that if the USTA board does decide to go forward with the Open, she expects it to be held at its usual site and in its usual spot on the calendar.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6